More Climbing Centers Implement “Auto Belay”

More Climbing Centers Implement “Auto Belay”

 We’re all becoming more comfortable with non-human interfaces in areas that have traditionally required a person. Everything from self-service checkout to self-driving cars are being introduced to do jobs that have always required a human. Now, auto-belay on climbing walls is allowing climbers to manage their own safety belays without another person being involved. The […]

Need Finger Protection?  Try Gaffers Tape

Need Finger Protection? Try Gaffers Tape

Finger protection tape can be expensive.  This cloth tape with vinyl adhesive can cost as much as $3.00 for a 15 yard roll. Gaffers tape (route setting tape) is essentially the same product and can be purchased for as little as $7.19 for a 55 yard roll.  Big difference! Gaffers tape is woven cotton cloth […]

Are You Dedicated Enough To Be A World Class Route Setter?  Better Check This Out

Are You Dedicated Enough To Be A World Class Route Setter? Better Check This Out

There are route setters, then there are ROUTE SETTERS. Sarah Laine is the all caps version. Laine gave up her pre-med studies at Washington University to pursue her desire to be a route setter.  Her love of climbing and her willingness to start as a volunteer in order to get her career off the ground […]

It’s Not Route Setting Tape, But It Is A Tape That Every Route Setter Needs

It’s Not Route Setting Tape, But It Is A Tape That Every Route Setter Needs

Lots of route setters use rolls of colored cloth tape to map out routes on a climbing wall.  Different colors for different routes and the ability to quickly change a route. There is another tape that should be part of every route setters tool kit. That tape is barricade tape, commonly known as caution tape, […]

New York Times Article Features Brooklyn Boulders

New York Times Article Features Brooklyn Boulders

Yesterday’s New York Times featured a great article about the Brooklyn Boulders climbing center in Long Island City, NY. The number of climbing centers nationwide continues to grow, and Brooklyn Boulders Queens location averages 1000 visitors a day to its 18,000 square foot facility. In addition to the NYC location, Brooklyn Boulders also has climbing centers in […]

“What’s In Your Toolbox” (Or Canvas Bag)?

“What’s In Your Toolbox” (Or Canvas Bag)?

We have no idea what “ticktapetighten” means, but that web site has a great posting on what belongs in the well-equipped route setters tool kit. Click here to see what they recommend. You probably ought to add route setting tape to the list.  

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